For seven years, Margaret Engel was managing editor of the Newseum, the world's only interactive museum of news, in Washington, D.C. She currently is the executive director of the Alicia Patterson Journalism Foundation, which supports investigative journalists and photojournalists worldwide. There she edits the work of journalists for the Alicia Patterson Reporter. Her work has been nominated four times for the Pulitzer Prize. A former Nieman fellow at Harvard University, she is a member of the Fund for Investigative Journalism and the Helen Hayes Award board, and a judge for the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards.
Engel has helped produce a history of groundbreaking newspaper editorials for the National Geographic Press, as well as books for the New Yorker’s Cartoon Bank. She is a former reporter for The Washington Post, the Des Moines Register, and the Lorain (Ohio) Journal. She also has written for Esquire, Air & Space, the Los Angeles Times, and Saveur. She coauthored with her twin sister, Allison, three editions of Food Finds: America’s Best Local Foods and the People Who Produce Them, a compendium of regional food products. She and Allison have appeared on The Today Show, Larry King Live, National Public Radio, and The Kitchen Sisters, talking about superlative small food companies. They also produce a television show based on their books, which currently is in its seventh season on The Food Network. She and her sister have written Red Hot Patriot, a one-woman play based on the life of Molly Ivins.
Engel and her husband, Bruce Adams, traveled more than 60,000 miles together to write three guidebooks about baseball in America. They also conducted a Smithsonian Institution study tour of the minor leagues in North Carolina.